Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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Food and Culture: A Global Perspective

Flanders, Netherlands

Flanders, Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditional diets of many cultures have in the past have been associated with positive health statistics, e.g. lower heart disease and cancer rates.  But this is changing as more countries increase their consumption of processed foods loaded with salt, fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates.  Check out a previous post HERE for more on this topic.


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Shrimp from Thailand?

A steamed tail-on shrimp.

A steamed tail-on shrimp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shrimp in U.S. supermarkets are usually not from the U.S. but from many countries including Thailand.  If you buy frozen shrimp, be sure to look for the country of origin required to be displayed on the package somewhere.  Often it’s hard to find, but keep looking.  For more guidance, click HERE.


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Is One Diet the Best?

Eat less do more

Eat less do more (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This article discusses which diet is “best”, an over-debated topic in the nutrition world.   The bottom line – there is not one that stands out.  But if you look at the secrets of the world’s healthiest cuisines, they do have some common features so simply put forth by Michael Pollan – ” eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”



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2015 Dietary Guidelines?

American science journalist and author Michael...

American science journalist and author Michael Pollan, speaking at a Yale University “Masters Tea” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No big headlines this time around, but if you don’t want to read the 571 page document for the  2015  U. S. Dietary Guidelines, here are some highlights from The Atlantic.   The recommendations, though vague,  stress moderation and resemble the Mediterranean Diet.   Another way to put it:  “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”, so Michael Pollan has it right.  Read his Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.  So much more fun.



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